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More than numbers

November 11, 2006

A CNN story describes Army Sgt. Willsun Mock, a 23 year-old who was killed in Eastern Baghdad one weekend in October, number 11 that weekend, and had befriended a CNN reporter back in 2004. Sgt. Mock was young, but knew that the war had changed him, as it has so many. He looked forward to going home with excitement and apprehension, fearing that the war had changed him too much from the man who had left home for Iraq years before.

This is an important reminder that every time the number dead in Iraq increments, it’s not just some soldier who has died. It’s someone’s father, mother, son, or daughter that is making it’s way back to America. A girl or boy mourned by family who will hear a bugle play Taps, receive a flag folded into a tight triangle, then watch their loved one be lowered into the ground in a grave that will be decorated with a simple, white stone.

Whether you are for against the war, reading news about it or writing it, don’t ever make the mistake that the numbers are horrible in and of themselves. Each increment is a life ended, and a family thrown into turmoil. Each one is months or years of mourning for people who just can’t believe they’ll never see their friend or brother or sister again.

Sgt. Mock was so much more than number 11 that weekend.

Please take a moment today to thank someone who has served for us.

One Comment leave one →
  1. sister Tammy permalink
    May 1, 2007 1:04 am

    Thank you for understanding, we are so proud of our beloved Will, he never surrendered, never gave up…Strength and Honor!

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